Karakorum (Kharkhorin), Kharkhorin

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#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Mongolia
Explore the ruins of Karakorum (Kharkhorin), the ancient capital of the Mongol empire and part of the Orkhon Valley World Heritage Site. The town reached its peak in the 13th and 14th centuries, used by Genghis Khan as a base for his army and later expanded by his son, Ogodei. Excavations performed in the 20th century unearthed a variety of remains, including roads, temple walls, and kiln ovens. Visit the archaeological museum nearby to admire an array of valuable artifacts uncovered from the area, as well as a large replica of what the city may have looked like in the 13th century. Add Karakorum (Kharkhorin) to your Kharkhorin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kharkhorin online trip builder .
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  • Although the modern city is not saying much, this place is a must travel to Mongolia for the importance it has in the past. Very interesting Museum and the complex of Erdene Zuu is wonderful.
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  • My boyfriend and I went to Kharkhorin in early September to stay in Gayas Guesthouse and avail of her amazing tours of the Gobi and Orkhon Valley. While we were in Kharkhorin it just so happened to be...  more »
  • The museum is good, although the maquette of the old city may be a bit exaggerated. The translations into English are funny. The old townhall aka old/destroyed monastery is a bit of a bummer, not much...  more »

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